Michigan to interview Juwan Howard after Ed Cooley reportedly stays in Providence


Michigan basketball's head coaching vacancy may soon be filled.

Providence coach Ed Cooley has emerged as a candidate for the open position, ESPN reported, citing unidentified sources.

The report noted Cooley was expected to interview with Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel on Monday, adding that Heat assistant and former Michigan star Juwan Howard is also expected to interview for the job Tuesday.

Cooley, who was in Florida on Monday for the Big East's annual meetings, has been the head coach of the Friars for eight seasons but was called "a perfect fit for Michigan" by one MLive.com source.

However, the Providence Journal, citing unidentified sources, later reported Cooley is staying in Providence.

Howard has the support of two of his former teammates and NBA analysts in Jalen Rose and Chris Webber. Both have supported him publicly for the job within the last week.

“I need for this to happen, OK?” Rose said on his show "Jalen and Jacoby". “This ain’t just some nostalgic, ‘Oh, he was a member of the Fab Five, so let’s give him the job.’ He was a terrific high school player, a McDonald’s All-American. He was a terrific performer at Michigan, a member of the Fab Five.”

He continued: "He was an All-Star in the NBA, he was a champion. He’s not only learned under some of the best to do it, Erik Spoelstra, Pat Riley. He also has the blessing of John Beilein, who he spent a lot of time with. Of Steve Fisher, who he spent a lot of time with. … This is such a layup.”

Former Michigan coach John Beilein unexpectedly left for the NBA earlier this month when he agreed to a multi-year contract to become the next head coach of the Cavaliers.

The 66-year-old led Michigan to two Final Four appearances and four Big Ten titles in his 12-year stint with the Wolverines. His overall record as a college coach is 754-425 and he leaves the school as the winningest coach in Michigan basketball history.